How to Be Rich (in God)


Do you know what I love? I love that every time I open God’s Word, He speaks to me. God reminds me what’s important. He refocuses my mind off of the “here and now” and focuses it on “eternity.”

I’ve been enjoying the study of Luke with Good Morning Girls (join us and read today’s post!).

What have I been getting out of it this week? We need to be rich . . . in God!

[Jesus] told the people, “Be careful to guard yourselves from every kind of greed. Life is not about having a lot of material possessions.” Then he used this illustration. He said, “A rich man had land that produced good crops. He thought, ‘What should I do? I don’t have enough room to store my crops.’ He said, ‘I know what I’ll do. I’ll tear down my barns and build bigger ones so that I can store all my grain and goods in them. Then I’ll say to myself, “You’ve stored up a lot of good things for years to come. Take life easy, eat, drink, and enjoy yourself.”‘ “But God said to him, ‘You fool! I will demand your life from you tonight! Now who will get what you’ve accumulated?’ That’s how it is when a person has material riches but is not rich in his relationship with God,” (Luke 12:15-21 God’s Word Translation).

Have you ever thought like this guy? “I’m going to stock up and make sure I’m sitting pretty?”

I did this very thing right before Christmas. We were having company for a week, and I didn’t want to do any shopping during that time . . . so I stocked up. I filled a pantry, two refrigerators, and a freezer, and if I’m being honest there’s a little pride that comes with that.

It’s not that a purposefully thought, Look at me. No, I’d never be so bold. But I did think, OK, I’ve taken care of business; look at how well I’ve done.

Then the ice storm hit. Just as we were cleaning up from Christmas dinner, the power went out . . . and it stayed out for five days. And what did we do with all that food? Ate a little, lost some, and gave away a lot. Friends of ours now had their fridges and freezers full! It reminded me of this verse:

Pay attention to this! You’re saying, “Today or tomorrow we will go into some city, stay there a year, conduct business, and make money.” You don’t know what will happen tomorrow. What is life? You are a mist that is seen for a moment and then disappears. Instead, you should say, “If the Lord wants us to, we will live and carry out our plans,” (James 4:13-15).

Just like the barn-builder, we often look at what we accumulate and think we’ve done well. Of course, our idea of success is different than God’s. To this man, bigger barns meant:

1. Dependence on self: “I know what I’ll do.”
2. Pride: “Then I’ll say to myself.”
3. Hoarding: “You’ve stored up a lot of good thing.”
4. Comfort: “Take life easy.”

Consider of your life.
In what ways are you depending on yourself?
In what ways does your accumulation of goods display pride and hoarding?
In what ways are you focusing on comfort?

Today ask God to speak to your heart about each of these area, and then ask:
What can I share with others?
How can I give to someone in need?
How can I serve?

By asking these questions you’ll discover what it means to be rich in God. Being rich in God is putting your treasure where He is, where His focus is. God provided you with what you have for a reason. Now how can you bless others and share?

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